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Second World War Veteran Reflects on War Amps 100 Years of “Amputees Helping Amputees”

As The War Amps celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, Second World War veteran Charlie Jefferson, of Ottawa, reflects on how the Association has supported him and generations of amputees. In March 1945, Jefferson was serving as a Lieutenant with the Queen’s Own Rifles Regiment in the Rhine Valley, Germany. He was injured by an...
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Tips on how to pick a charity this season

(NC) The holidays are all about checking off lists — hang decorations, check. Plan the menus, check. Finish buying presents, check. Attend family gatherings, check, check, check. Perhaps donating to a local charity or food bank tops your check list because ‘tis the season for charitable giving. And the statistics prove it. According to Imagine
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Exploring Valley Venues: The Pontiac

By Katharine Fletcher To me, early December is the season of The Wait when so many of us are awaiting Christmas. Here, in West Quebec’s Pontiac’s countryside, last month’s vistas of gold and charcoal punctuated by conifers dark green are awaiting snow’s white blanket. Soon we’ll venture outside to snowshoe, ski – and perhaps even
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Illuminating Christmas in Ottawa and the region

By Katharine Fletcher Whether we call December’s festivities “Christmas” or “the Holiday Season”, winter is upon us and is well worth celebrating. With snow blanketing fields and forests, cityscapes and rural landscapes, colourful twinkling lights allow us to marvel at the magic the decorations weave. From Parliament Hill to Upper Canada Village, from the Chutes
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Seasonal maintenance tips in and around your home

Although some of us may be hanging on to warmer temperatures, it’s inevitable that cooler weather is on its way. With the change in seasons comes a change in home maintenance that’s needed to prepare for the cooler climate. So, get ahead on your chores while the sun is still shining and follow these four
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Arts & Entertainment

Memories of growing up contest winners

The following submissions about growing up have won three lucky readers an autographed copy of of Mary Cook’s new book Reflections, The Best Job in the World. Bath night By Cindy St. Michael-Bennett The wind made a low howling sound, like a pack of hungry wolves. Snow blew relentlessly, the windows were glazed over with
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Mary Cook's Memories of the '30s

Waiting for the Christmas box

By Mary Cook The Christmas box arrived from Chicago every year. It was the difference between having a meagre Christmas or one filled with excitement. Aunt Freda was Father’s spinster sister. We thought she must be very wealthy to live in a big city like Chicago. She was also a sister to Aunt Lizzie in
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Top facts about the regulation of charities

By The Canada Revenue Agency Charities play an important role in our society and provide valuable services to Canadians – including the most vulnerable. That is why the Government of Canada supports charities through unique tax privileges, such as an exemption from income tax and the ability to issue official donation receipts and receive gifts
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Healthy Living

Hemochromatosis: A common but under-diagnosed disease 

By Lisa M. Petsche Chances are good that you have never heard of hemochromatosis, also known as iron overload disease, despite that it’s the most common genetic disorder in the western world. Although it can affect males and females at any time in life, it typically manifests itself in middle age. The disease is potentially
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Food and Nutrition

One-pot entertaining and everyday superfoods

Wow guests with a delicious one-pot meal Looking for the perfect recipe for entertaining? This delicious chicken and shrimp paella recipe from Chef Mike Ward is a flavourful dish for any occasion. Chicken and Shrimp Paella Prep time: 40 minutes • Cook time: 25 minutes • Serves: 4 Ingredients: • 8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
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